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Carne Asada Tacos

  • 30 m
  • 30 m
Carolyn Casner
“These flank-steak soft tacos are so tasty and easy, they should be in everyone's repertoire. Plus they're made with fresh corn tortillas (not fried) and topped with a quick homemade salsa made with avocado, tomato, onion and a bright squeeze of lime.”


    • ½ cup white vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons chili powder
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2¾ teaspoons salt, divided
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 2 pounds flank or skirt steak, trimmed and cut into 3 equal portions
    • 1 pound tomatoes, chopped
    • 2-4 fresh jalapeño peppers or serrano chiles, seeded and finely diced
    • ½ cup chopped onion
    • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
    • 1 ripe but slightly firm avocado, diced
    • Juice of 1 lime
    • 16 5- to 6-inch corn or whole-wheat flour tortillas, warmed
    • ⅓ cup crumbled Cotija cheese (see Tip) or other shredded cheese


  • 1 Whisk vinegar, chili powder, oil, 2 teaspoons salt and garlic powder in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Add steak and turn to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.
  • 2 Make salsa about 20 minutes (and up to 2 hours) before cooking the meat: Gently combine tomatoes, jalapenos (or chiles) to taste, onion, cilantro, avocado, lime juice and the remaining ¾ teaspoon salt in a medium bowl.
  • 3 Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.
  • 4 Place the steak on a rimmed baking sheet (discard the marinade). Broil 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium. Transfer to a clean cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Thinly slice against the grain. Serve the steak wrapped in warm tortillas and topped with the salsa and cheese.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Marinate the steak (Step 1) for up to 1 day. Prepare the salsa (Step 2) up to 2 hours ahead.
  • Tip: Cotija cheese, also called queso añejo or queso añejado, is an aged Mexican cheese similar to Parmesan. Find it near other specialty cheeses or in Mexican grocery stores.
  • Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.
  • To warm tortillas, wrap in barely damp paper towels and microwave on High for 30 to 45 seconds or wrap in foil and bake at 300°F until steaming, 5 to 10 minutes.
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